Parra to have MRI, all but ruled out for Friday

Brewers left-hander Manny Parra will undergo an MRI scan in Milwaukee on Wednesday morning, continuing the search for answers about his stiff neck. He’s extremely unlikely to make his scheduled start against the Astros on Friday, and club officials have righty Mike Burns on standby in the event they decide to end Parra’s season by placing him on the disabled list.

“I’ll wait until after I see [the doctor] to think about any of that,” Parra said. “My arm feels good and my body feels good other than the neck. … It’s stupid. I wake up every morning wondering, ‘Why the heck am I not pitching?'”

Parra woke up with a stiff neck on Sept. 8 but didn’t think much of it until the discomfort forced him out of his start against the Cardinals after one inning. Chris Narveson started in Parra’s place on Sunday in Arizona, and either Narveson or newly-promoted Josh Butler will start if Parra is indeed unable to pitch on Friday.

Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers’ head physician, will examine Parra on Wednesday. Parra has already seen three doctors for his condition and none have provided definitive answers.

“I feel like there’s small progress being made, but at the same time we expected more,” Parra said.

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